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The past twenty years have witnessed a seismic shift in menswear and a blurring of the lines between formal, smart and casual dress codes. And nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of ‘formal’ footwear. Today, the well-shod man will have a choice of formal styles in his wardrobe that can comfortably cross over the once rigid boundaries of occasion, office and weekend style. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but here we present five of our favourite most versatile Loake styles.

From the Loake 1880 collection, style Buckingham is a premium classic brogue shoe with an Oxford upper pattern and a Goodyear Welted leather sole. An Oxford brogue is arguably the most versatile shoe style there is and this Mid Brown burnished calf version will develop an attractive patina with age. Buckingham is made in England.

Also from the Loake 1880 collection, Chatsworth is a classic Chelsea boot with the added benefit of Dainite studded rubber sole for improved grip. It is a G width, so suitable for a wider foot shape. This Brown waxy calf leather version has a degree of water resistance whilst retaining a smart appearance. Chatsworth is made in England.

Our perennially popular penny loafer from the Loake Shoemaker range, Eton in Brown suede complements a diverse range of looks, from traditional to contemporary, smart or causal. Eton features a Goodyear Welted leather sole and is made in England

Style Drake is from the Design Loake range. A plain Derby shoe but with a distinctive contrast blue welt and blue laces, it is suitable for both formal and semi-formal wear. Its generous F fitting last shape and Derby upper design can also accommodate a range of different foot shapes. Drake is made in India.

Pimlico is a premium Chukka boot found in the Loake 1880 range. It too has a Dainite Goodyear Welted rubber studded sole. With its generous last shape, Derby design and slight chisel toe, Pimlico also works as both a formal and a more casual style for a range of foot shapes. Made in England.

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